GEM – Forum Schedule Spring 2015

Schedule poster

The sessions of the GEM Forum for spring 2015 have been scheduled as follows:

  • 28th January 2015 Documentary screening Debtocracy (2011)
  • 4th February 2015 Yannis Stamos, ‘Aristos Kambanis and To Neon Kratos (1937-1941)’; chair: Siren Çelik
  • 11th February 2015 Michael Saxby, ‘Coin design: Masterly tool or false representation?’; chair: Wei-sheng Lin
  • 25th February 2015 Onur Usta, ‘Rebellion, Locusts and Nomadic Aggression: The decline in agricultural production and population in the Ayntab region: 1608-1612’; chair: Jeff Brubaker
  • 4th March 2015 Documentary screening Smyrna: The destruction of a cosmopolitan city, 1900-1922 (2012); chair: Yanis Tzortzis
  • 11th March 2015 Evangelia Yfantidou, ‘Equestrian portraits in Western and Eastern Mediterranean during the 11th century’; chair: Tom Markiewicz
  • 18th March 2015 Dimitirs Lamprakis, ‘Introduction to Ottoman Palaeography: Some preliminary remarks on population census methods (17th-19th centuries)’; chair: Onur Usta
  • 25th March 2015 Documentary screening 1821 (2011)

Time and location for all sessions are: 5:15 PM The Whitting Room (Arts 436), University of Birmingham.


Call for Papers – GEM Forum Spring 2015

GEM Forum Spring 2015

Submission deadline: 14th December 2014

The concept is the same as previously: in each Forum session, we would like 1-2 postgraduate student(s) to give a talk about a topic of their research. Alternatively, the GEM Forum can be a film screening, a ‘seminar’ (an open discussion about a given topic, chaired by one of the Centre’s students) or a visit to the university’s facilities relevant to fields covered by the CBOMGS.

Apart from being an excellent opportunity to expand an academic CV, the forum allows participants to:

  • practice giving papers and presentations (e.g., in preparation for upcoming colloquia);
  • receive feedback on research and various work in progress;
  • improve confidence in asking and answering questions in a public, yet friendly, atmosphere;
  • meet and socialise with other postgraduate students.

Prospective Chairperson

If you are interested in chairing a session of the GEM forum, this would involve giving a short introduction about the speaker/s and their work, then directing the Q&A session afterwards. Any suggestions for seminar topics that you might like to chair are also welcome.

Prospective Speaker

In order to plan a programme, please send your abstracts by 14th December including:

  • proposed paper topic AND field of study (e.g. Byzantine, Ottoman or Modern Greek Studies);
  • an abstract of approximately 200 words;
  • dates of your availability (GEM forum sessions are going to take place, as per usual, at the Whitting Room from 5:15 PM onwards, but during this term they are going to be every Wednesday);
  • whether you would require any AV facilities.

Yes, I am interested!

Both prospective chairperson and speaker should contact Yannis Stamos by 14th December 2014 through IXS233[at]

Diogenes – Release of the 1st Issue

Issue 1 January 2014

Issue 1 (Whole)

Wei-sheng Lin: Editorial

Zuzana Černáková: Prejudices, Emotions and Power of Political Restraint: A Study in the Second Crusade

Elli Evangelidou: The Representation of the Greek Civil War in Eleni and The Heroic Age

Alexandros Siapkas: Different academic approaches towards the British intervention in Greece (1941-1944). A synopsis

Yannis Stamos: Of pleasure and sorrow: Two modern Greek Epicurean poems

Niki Touriki: Ekphrasis in the Alexiad

Gemma Norman: Review – Christine Woodhead (ed.), The Ottoman World

Call for Papers – GEM Online Journal

Call for Papers poster

GEM Online Journal

Submission deadline: 1st March 2013


GEM – The student society of the Centre of Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek studies in Birmingham is proud to announce a call of papers for a new forthcoming online journal. Articles may concern any aspect of issues related to Byzantine, Ottoman or Modern Greek studies. Contributions on history, archaeology, anthropology or other fields are welcomed as long as they represent at least one of the three areas of our Centre. The articles should not exceed the limit of 3,000 words (excluding bibliography).

Book Reviews

We welcome book reviews on any topic related to Byzantine, Ottoman or Modern Greek studies. The choice of book for reviewing is free, but the book must be a recent publication.

Both articles and book reviews must be submitted directly to the specific area referent(s):

Byzantine Studies

Jeff Brubaker jbd230[at] or Annika Asp-Talwar asa184[at]

Ottoman Studies

Onur Usta oxu219[at]

Modern Greek Studies

Yannis Stamos ixs233[at]

For any question, please contact: Carlo Virgilio cxv[at]